September / October 2012
Wadi Al Hitan – Valley of the Wales – Great Sea of Sand – Eastern Sahara Bedouins – Sandsurfing.“Only in complete silence, will you hear the desert.”
― Anonymous Bedouin
The situation in Cairo was not very pleasant, the ashes of the Arab Stping were still burning, and after so many days working at a dusty factory, with recomendations of not going outside I decided to contact a friend that will help me go out in search of some nature and solutude. He helped me meeting some coptic christians that had a small travel bussiness dedicated to getting people out to the desert.
Walley of the Wales. Ancient fossils.
THE VALLEY is located behind a mountain, known as Garet Gohannam, (mountain of hell). The geology of the valley gives rise to the scenery, with wind and water erosion producing spectacular cliffs and buttes. In the light of the setting sun, the mountain seems ablaze with an eerie red light.
“The desert and the ocean are realms of desolation on the surface. The desert is a place of bones, where the innards are turned out, to desiccate into dust.The ocean is a place of skin, rich outer membranes hiding thick juicy insides, laden with the soup of being.
Inside out and outside in. These are worlds of things that implode or explode, and the only catalyst that determines the direction of eco-movement is the balance of water.
Both worlds are deceptive, dangerous. Both, seething with hidden life.
The only veil that stands between perception of what is underneath the desolate surface is your courage.
Dare to breach the surface and sink.”
― Vera Nazarian,
The Sea of Sand.